Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Costa Rican Tilapia and Pineapple Rice
I have to admit that one of the kitchen appliances that I couldn't live without is my rice cooker. Cooking rice terrified me, until I tried it in a rice cooker - which makes it so easy and fool-proof! I must say, though, that even though cooking rice is, of course, the primary function of a rice cooker, I probably use ours more often for other functions besides just cooking simple rice. I steam in it all the time (example here), and I've found that it doubles really nicely as a pseudo slow cooker. I love that I can throw things into it to cook up, without having to turn on the stove or messy a bunch of pots and pans. This recipe is a perfect example. The original recipe came from my latest favorite cookbook, and the instructions are to cook the rice first, followed by baking it all in the oven with the fish. I'm sure that method works well, but in the interest of simplicity I decided to try it out all in the rice cooker and found that it works out fabulously well! I put the rice "fixins" all together to cook up, and at the very end throw in the fish with its flavorful marinade to finish it off. (Note: I did try this in my crockpot on high to see if it would work, but it didn't cook up as well as with the rice cooker.)
The end product here turns out to be a sweet and spicy rice and beans, accompanied by a light and citrusy fish fillet. I usually cook up the entire batch of rice (because it's the part the kids eat the most of), but only cook the amount of fish we'll eat with the meal (which is usually two fillets that we split between two adults and two kids). This means we usually have leftovers of the rice, which is something my husband loves about this recipe - he says it goes really well the next day with canned tuna mixed in for a healthy lunch.
Recipe adapted from Latin D'Lite by Ingrid Hoffmann.